Starting July 19, Palmer residents will have an opportunity to file for a spot on the city council.
Liberal progressives currently enjoy a slim 4-3 advantage on the council after Linda Combs narrowly lost her seat to Brian Daniels last year.
Two seats are up for grabs in the upcoming Oct. 5 election. These include the spot held by Julie Berberich, who consistently sides with the liberal majority, and the seat held by Steve Carrington – a solid conservative voice on the council.
Since taking control of the council last year, the progressive block has expressed support for defunding police, mandating masks and expanding mail-in voting, similar to what Anchorage currently has. These ideas have inspired strong community push back, including rallies outside the council chambers and long hours of packed and emotional public testimony.
If Berberich is replaced with a conservative council member and Carrington retains his seat, conservatives will once again enjoy a narrow 4-3 majority.
Area residents interested in running for office can begin the process on July 19. The filing deadline ends July 30.
For starters, candidates must gather at least 20 signatures from registered City of Palmer voters who support their run for office. A checklist of every step needed in filing for office can be viewed here.
For additional information, contact the city clerk’s office at 761-1301.